Founding Member and Executive Director
From the moment she co-founded Singleton Moms, Jody has thrown herself 100 percent into helping single mothers with cancer.
“The phrase “single mom with cancer” never entered my mind until I saw it for myself,” Jody said. “When our long-time friend Michelle Singleton was diagnosed, it was devastating and completely unnerving as I was only 27 years old and a mother myself. Although I was not a single mom, I couldn’t imagine facing mortality at such a young age while continuing to be a positive force in your children’s lives.”
As Executive Director, Jody oversees the day-to-day operations of Singleton Moms and she also serves as Fundraising Committee Chair. She is responsible for the original structure of the Singleton Moms’ programs “Michelle's Pockets” and “Michelle's Kitchen,” and she is working to expand the “Singleton Kids” program. Passionate about her work, she spends countless hours seeking financial support for these programs through fundraising, sponsorships, and general donations.
“I believe that not supporting these families can have devastating effects for many years to come,” she said. “It has been proven time and time again that stress weakens the immune system. Reducing the amount of stress and anxiety a mom feels while undergoing treatment by supplying her with financial and domestic support can aide in her recovery. Not to mention the importance of the emotional support that each mom receives from her care coordinator and others in the organization. These bonds can exceed far beyond treatment and become life-long relationships. Our unique and refreshing approach helps fill the needs of this underserved population.”
Jody believes in the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," and with every fundraising event or program, she strives to rally community support.
“Single moms with cancer need an extra hand, even more so than the average mom. Their children are a part of our future, and they deserve to know that others are here to support them and want them to succeed, especially through adversity,” she said.
An Arizona native and graduate of Arcadia High School, Jody was the originator of the Singleton Moms “Lean on Me Walk,” the “Michelle Singleton Memorial Golf Classic,” and the first “Singleton Moms Wine Tasting and Silent Auction.” For the first few years, she spearheaded Singleton Moms publicity efforts, which led to numerous positive print and television news pieces.
In April 2009, Jody was recognized by Soroptimist International of Phoenix as the second place winner for the Making a Difference for Women Award. In May 2010, she and Singleton Moms co-founder, Andy Royal, were the award recipients of the Soroptimist International of the Kachinas Ruby Award.
A true visionary, Jody has two long-term goals she wishes to see achieved for Singleton Moms.
“The first is to see our services expanded outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The second is to open Singleton Manor, a multi-use facility that would be used as a home base for our daily operations as well as house programs, such as “Michelle’s Kitchen,” “Michelle’s Pockets,” “Singleton Kids,” and care coordinator training. Ultimately, this facility would become a sanctuary for single moms recovering from difficult treatment or cancer related surgery,” she said.
Jody finds inspiration from Singleton Moms’ brave single mothers and she hopes others will lend their support either by making a donation or volunteering.
“Hands-on, aide-based organizations that focus on the daily necessities of people in need are few and far between,” she said. “So many organizations seem afraid to get “too involved” in the lives of those they serve. Singleton Moms’ approach is quite the opposite. The more involved we are, the more we can help, and the better we can support the families we serve.”
A Scottsdale resident, Jody has been married for 12 years and has three beautiful children. When she’s not working on Singleton Moms projects, she works part-time at the front desk of her daughter's dance studio and volunteers at her children’s school whenever possible. She also loves to find time to read a good book or take her children to the zoo for a day of fun.
Keeley joined our Singleton Moms staff in January 2013. Keeley is very excited to be a part of our unique and growing organization. "I feel like I have a lot to offer here, as well as a lot to learn about serving our parents. I am very excited about serving people in such a fundamental way. People don’t realize how tiring making a healthy meal or cleaning a house can be when you don’t have energy to spare; being able to help provide some relief to families is exciting.”
As the Singleton Moms Program Coordinator, Keeley runs our Care Coordinator program; our Care Coordinators are the volunteers who provide personalized support to our Singleton families. Keeley meets with prospective Singleton parents, determines the needs of the family, assigns a Care Coordinator, and fills in with additional help as needed. She also manages several of our other volunteer programs including Singleton Pockets, Singleton Phonebook, and coordinates Care Team Cleans.
Keeley hopes to be a part of Singleton Mom’s growth and increasing ability to serve more parents across the valley. "Something that is really unique and great about Singleton Moms is that so much of the support comes from individuals in the community. It feels good to relay to new parents that their peers, individuals in their community, are standing behind them through this time of hardship in their life."
Keeley started her work with non-profits just after she graduated, and she believes that Singleton Moms will be a great fit for her because she has what she describes as 'a uniquely positive attitude'. "I have the ability to look at the good side of people and of situations, to see reason behind difficulty. I hope to be able to bring that perspective into this position. I love being with people, making new relationships. I hope to spread my positivity into those new relationships that I form here at Singleton Moms."
Keeley has always enjoyed working with others, in situations where she can really help people. "I love people; I love the things that make us the same and the things that make us all different. You could say I am fascinated by why we are the way we are, and what plays a part in where we find ourselves in life. I believe that my personality fits in a career that involves spending time with others, communicating, and getting others passionate about being a part of something greater than themselves."
Born in Philadelphia, Keeley grew up and went to school in Gainesville, FL, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida. She moved to Arizona in February 2012 after spending three years in New Haven, Connecticut. When not working, Keeley is an outdoor girl, and a little bit of a dreamer!
"One of my favorite things to do is run. I have run a couple of marathons and would like to do more of that. I also really like hiking and being outdoors. I like to spend time with my family and friends, cooking, and eating. I would like to travel more, but I've not had the opportunity to do that as much as I would like. I am a dreamer though, always dreaming about the things I am going to do."
Office Administrative Assistant
Anne joined Singleton Moms in December 2011, re-entering the job force after a longtime, much-loved position as a stay-at-home mom to serve as a part-time Office Administrative Assistant.
She processes all donations, manages the “Gimme Five!” program and handles all general office administration duties to assist the Executive Director and Director of Care in all aspects of Singleton Moms activities.
Anne feels blessed to be in this "behind the scenes" position and is honored to be a part of this meaningful organization.
She is a native of Scottsdale, attending both Coronado High School and Arizona State University, and loves to indulge in her hobby of photography and portraiture. She has three children: Devon 21, Graham 16, and Marie 12.
Community Outreach Intern
Ashley is Singleton Moms Community Outreach Intern. Her role will consist of building new relationships within the community, conduct a variety of outreach activities and recruit new volunteers for our many volunteer opportunities within the organization. Ashley is a Junior at ASU majoring in Global Studies and Human Rights.
“Singleton Moms sounded inspiring, and having grown up around many with cancer I have seen the pain and also the great love that comes from it. The support that comes out of something that is supposed to be devastating is a miracle and a place such as Singleton Moms is just one of those supports (if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is!) I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Volunteering for Singleton Moms has become part of my DNA. I feel my contribution, however big or small, is making a difference to help these courageous parents as they continue their battle with cancer.
Thanks Singleton Moms for letting me be part of the team!